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The Illinois Reading Council invites you to the 46th Annual Illinois Reading Conference March 13-15, 2014 Springfield, Illinois

Preliminary Program 2014 Illinois Reading Council Conference March 13-15, 2014


Join the Illinois Reading Council as we welcome and learn from a diverse number of featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area to Build BridgeS to Literacy from March 13-15, 2014 in Springfield, Illinois.

James Patterson

In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to BookScan), and in total James’ books have sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s best sellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (76 total), which is also a Guinness World Record. From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love), to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. The Illinois Reading Council has the honor and privilege of welcoming James Patterson as a keynote speaker at our 2014 Conference!

Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka earned his MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in New York in 1980 and began his writing career painting apartments. From there, he moved on to teaching elementary school for 10 years. After many rejection letters, Jon finally got his first book, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, published and has been writing books for kids for over twenty years. He has also authored books such as The Stinky Cheese Man, The Time Warp Trio series, Math Curse, Science Verse, the Spaceheadz series, the Trucktown series, and a “mess” of others. He is the founder of the literacy initiative for boys called GUYS READ. He was named our nation’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature—and, he still has the medal to prove it. An engaging and humorous speaker, Jon’s audiences will enjoy his keynote as much as they do his books. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Carmen Agra Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known, award-winning author of children’s literature, storyteller, and radio contributor. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee with her family in 1964 after the Cuban Revolution. Carmen began her career as a storyteller and has engaged audiences at such varied venues as the American Library Association, Refugees International, the Disney Institute, and the Kennedy Center, just to name a few. An ardent supporter of libraries, she was the 2008 National Spokesperson for School Library Media Month and some of her most notable award-winning books that fill our libraries include: 14 Cows for America, The Yellow Star and The Library Dragon.

Richard Allington

Dick Allington, Professor of Education at the University of Tennessee, has served as president of the National Reading Conference and the International Reading Association. He received the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from IRA for his contributions to the organization and the profession. He was co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award for contributions to improving professional understanding of reading/learning disabilities and was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. Dick has served, or is serving, on several editorial advisory boards and has authored more than 100 research articles and more than a dozen books. A recognized leader in the field of literacy, Dick will continue to inspire us to help our students.

Jerry O’Shea

Cynthia Church

Amy Pierce

Jerry O’Shea (Assistant Superintendent-Curriculum Director), Cynthia Church (Principal) and Amy Pierce (Reading Consultant) are part of a leadership team in Marquardt District 15 collaborating with classroom teachers, reading specialists and ELL teachers to implement a trade book based curriculum developed in accordance with Richard Allington’s research. Despite having a high percentage of low-income students and English language learners in the district’s population, students have shown tremendous growth. Come learn more about how this work connects to the Common Core Standards and impacts the student growth aspect of our new teacher evaluation guidelines.

Nancie Atwell Nancie Atwell is one of the most highly respected educators in the United States. She teaches seventh- and eighth-grade writing, reading, and history at the Center for Teaching and Learning, a K-8 demonstration school she founded in Edgecomb, Maine, in 1990. Nancie was the first classroom teacher to receive the NCTE David H. Russell Award and the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for distinguished research in the teaching of English. She has authored numerous books that have inspired generations of teachers. She has helped students become independent, sophisticated readers and writers through her workshops and by beginning each day the way Nancie does—with poetry, the mother genre. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Nic Bishop

Nic Bishop was born in England and raised in Bangladesh, Sudan, and Papua New Guinea. He has traveled across Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Nic has been likened to a David Attenborough for kids and has the adventurous spirit of an Indiana Jones. His work as a photographer has taken him to the farthest corners of the planet and back home, where his guest bedroom often accommodates tarantulas, snakes, and chameleons. Nic switched from writing adult to children’s books because he remembered his early school years in which he had no interest in reading the fiction books given to him. More than sixty children’s books later, Nic Bishop, acclaimed photographer and author, will provide conference attendees with a snapshot into the picture perfect world of non-fiction. Say cheese!


Sunday Cummins was a public school teacher for ten years and on the faculty at National Louis University for five years. Sunday continues to teach and learn alongside educators and students as a literacy consultant, author and researcher with a focus on reading and writing informational texts. She shares her work on the power of teaching with nonfiction texts to transform students’ thinking by presenting at the local, state, national and international conferences. She is an avid reader of informational trade books and writes meaningful reviews teachers can access on her blog. She has published several articles, written a book on the close reading of informational texts and is working on a second book that addresses the complexity of informational texts. Sunday ‘gets’ being a teacher in today’s classrooms and you are guaranteed to leave her presentation with effective strategies to take back to the classroom on Monday morning.

Ellen kacic

Ellen Kacic has been an educator for over twenty years, teaching in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, and now in Illinois. With teaching experience across the country, and the grade levels, Ellen will share ideas on how to incorporate close reading strategies within integrated literacy units that meet the rigor outlined in the common core, engage students’ critical thinking skills, improve learning, and incorporate various forms of printed text and multimedia excerpts.

Sheila tucker and joanne komenda

True master teachers, Sheila Tucker and Joanne Komenda have more than fifty years of combined teaching experience in a variety of educational settings. They have effectively combined Sunday Cummin’s close reading strategies with other effective research based strategies to develop independent thinkers who are fully engaged in deeply reading texts, critically thinking about their reading, and can demonstrate understanding of texts through their writing. You won’t want to miss out on their inventive and practical ideas. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Debbie Diller

Debbie Diller has been an educator for over thirty-five years; how time flies and how teaching has changed! Debbie has taught Pre-K through 10th grade in public schools. Her experience ranges from being a classroom teacher to a Title I reading specialist to a migrant education teacher to a literacy coach, as well as a national consultant and author. Debbie uses her strong understandings of child development and literacy and math development to address the differentiated needs of all students in her work with teachers and administrators. Debbie builds upon current research and theory to provide practical, realistic applications in today’s classrooms. Debbie strives to be a 21st century teacher, so to stay tuned into their needs she spends time every week working with children and their teachers in classrooms.

Tayce Santy

Build a Bridge to Math Literacy, Workshop Style with classroom teacher Tayce Santy. Tayce incorporates Debbie Diller’s work with math stations and small group instruction in a workshop style format resulting in classroom math lessons that are engaging and effective. But wait there’s more–Tayce also utilizes a classroom economy that teaches children the lifelong skills of financial responsibility through fun, experiential learning.

Mary Ehrenworth

Mary Ehrenworth is Deputy Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, which was founded by Lucy Calkins. Mary oversees the Project’s work with middle school teachers, coaches, principals, and students. Mary is the author or co-author of many books and articles including: Pathways to the Common Core and Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop. Mary is a speaker and staff developer in children’s and adolescent literacy in school districts across the nation and internationally. From that day long ago when a beloved teacher gave her The Secret Garden, to the days she spends now sitting next to children and teachers helping them become powerful and passionate readers and writers, Mary has been lucky enough to spend her time among things she loves best: books, kids, and teachers.

“The most interesting people I know are lifelong readers and writers.”

Sheila ruh and sherry sejnost

Technology has come a long way from just learning to keyboard in a Word document. Valued members of the IRC Educational Media Committee and Conference Technology Committee, Sheila Ruh and Sherry Sejnost have worked with both teachers and students to effectively integrate technology throughout the curriculum to raise student achievement and motivation. Sheila and Sherry will share their expertise as well as inventive and practical ideas that everyone, including the technologically challenged, can take back to implement in the classroom. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Douglas Fisher

Doug Fisher is a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Doug is on the Board of Directors for the International Reading Association and a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of many awards honoring both his writing and teaching. Doug has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and books related to improving student achievement, reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, assessment, and curriculum design. Doug’s exploration of the language and learning connection is bridging the gap between literacy and content area instruction and will truly inform and motivate middle and secondary teachers.

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey is a professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is the recipient of many awards and has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and books. Nancy is a board member of the California Reading Association, and teaches a variety of content area instruction courses in elementary and secondary literacy. As a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California, Nancy also strongly supports students with diverse learning needs. Her favorite place to be is the Health Sciences High and Middle College, where she learns from teachers and students every day.

CandacE Fleming

Candace Fleming has always been a storyteller or, as some people might say, a “fibber.” Luckily for Candace, instead of her parents calling her stories “fibs,” they called them “imaginative” and encouraged her to put her stories down on paper. Candace studied history in college, and it wasn’t until she had children that she discovered writing children’s books would combine her love of stories, musical language, history, and reading. After years of rejection letters, one of Candace’s stories became a book, and since then her career as a children’s author has flourished. Candace’s passion for reading and writing is contagious—listen to her story and catch the bug.

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman was born in a log cabin in Illinois and used to write by candlelight with a piece of chalk on a shovel. Oh, wait a minute. That was Abraham Lincoln. Actually, Dan Gutman grew up in New Jersey and, for some reason, still lives there. When he was a young boy, Dan didn’t like to read. So, he decided to use humor, action and simple writing techniques to attract even the most reluctant readers. His My Weird School series, The Genius Files series, and the baseball card adventure series are just a few of the many books your reluctant readers have come to enjoy. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Stephanie Harvey

Stephanie Harvey is passionate about literacy! Whatever the size of the group—500 teachers at a conference, 50 administrators in a district workshop, or 25 students on the floor—Stephanie brings something special when she talks about literacy: passion. She has spent the past forty years teaching and learning about reading and writing. After fifteen years of regular elementary and special education teaching, Stephanie became a staff developer for the Denverbased Public Education and Business Coalition, a partnership of leaders from education and business who support innovation in public school. She currently serves as a private literacy consultant to schools and districts throughout the country. Teaching kids reading and thinking strategies to enhance their literacy development and move them to be independent, engaged, spirited, lifelong readers, writers, thinkers, and learners is our primary goal. Helping teachers reach that goal is our most important mission.

“Passion and wonder are contagious. No better way to fire up our kids than to share our own passion for and wonder about the world and all it has to offer.” Roberta Sejnost

Curiosity. At the heart of lifelong learning is curiosity. Roberta Sejnost is a nationally recognized staff developer, presenter and member of the IRC Executive Committee. Roberta is a curious lifelong learner. New common core standards require that students work together to read and compare complex texts and apply understandings gained from them through writing, speaking and listening. Learn how to combine comprehension strategies, the research process and student collaboration to create wellstructured, student-led cross-curricular book discussions and inquiry projects that help students build knowledge about things that matter in their lives.

Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris

After working extensively with Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, and Harvey Daniels, Kristin Ziemke and Katie Muhtaris have co-authored the book Connecting Comprehension and Technology, which can be summed up in four words: engagement, curiosity, content and thinking! This practical session will build upon Stephanie’s keynote and share comprehension, collaboration, and inquiry lessons that guide students to work effectively in small groups, identify questions that matter and develop thinking habits that guide them to personalize learning across the curriculum.

Kate Klise

Kate Klise has written many award-winning children’s books, most of which are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. But Kate wasn’t always a children’s author—she began her career working as a correspondent for People magazine. Writing thousands of letters to family and friends is probably why she writes many of her books in epistolary format, such as the popular Regarding series, which is presented in a scrapbook style format with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture books as well as the bestselling 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Kate’s presentation will contain lots of practical classroom ideas that will not disappoint conference attendees. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Eric Litwin

Eric Litwin (Mr. Eric) is a song-singing, guitar-strumming, book-writing, harmonica-blowing, five time national award-winning, folksy, fun type of guy. He is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pete the Cat picture books. Mr. Eric is a popular performing artist focusing on interactive literacy and participatory music. He has played at Lincoln Center as well as a plethora of schools, festivals, and libraries across the country. Mr. Eric shares simple, interactive songs and stories using traditional techniques such as call and response, repetition, and creative movement, which can be applied to lessons, classroom management, and transitions. Get ready to sing, dance and fall in love with interactive literacy and music. No musical experience is necessary to participate.

Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne grew up in a military family, so by the time she was fifteen she had already traveled throughout much of the United States. After college, Mary still craved adventure, so she set off with a small band of Europeans to “The East.” She traveled overland in a caravan of rickety vans to sixteen Asian countries including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. Mary had to return home due to illness. Then one day, out of the blue, she began to write. Now more than thirty years and a hundred books later, she feels fortunate to take journeys through time in the Magic Tree House series. Mary writes the Magic Tree House fiction books, and her husband and sister write the non-fiction companion books—perfect pairings to help enhance students’ reading for meaning experience!

“Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place—and still be home in time to have dinner.”


Natalie Pope Boyce and her sister Mary Pope Osborne share a common idea– books give kids an amazing chance to have their own adventures–and they never have to leave home! Natalie fondly remembers the beautiful places she and Mary have lived growing up, such as Salzburg, Austria where they could see a castle from their bedroom window and walk down the same lovely old streets that Mozart walked. Natalie continues to travel around the world and believes the memories of her travels are what makes Fact Trackers so much fun to write. IRC is thrilled to have both Mary and Natalie share their lives and their books during the Building Bridges to Literacy Conference–come prepared for adventure as we travel through time with Mary and Natalie!

Roxanne Owens

Dr. Seuss is one of the most beloved authors of all time. His lyrical and fun-loving use of language brings a sense of joy to all who read his books. Roxanne Owens, one of IRC’s Past President’s, will show you how to build bridges of literacy within the classroom, between schools and families and within families based on Dr. Seuss’s work. Join Roxanne–make delightful whimsy ensue, you’ll just want to yell “Whoopdeedo”! For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Timothy Rasinski

Once an elementary and middle school classroom and Title 1 teacher in rural Nebraska, Tim Rasinski is now a Professor of Education in the Reading and Writing Center at Kent State University. He has written over 150 articles and has edited or authored 12 books on reading education. Tim has served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association, was editor of The Reading Teacher, and currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. His interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle.

Deborah wright

Deborah Wright has an M.A. in Linguistics and has been a teacher for over twenty-five years. She will combine her extensive background in literacy and language with Tim Rasinski’s work to provide conference attendees with research-based practical classroom ideas related to word study. Not only will her work bridge gaps for struggling readers but it will empower English language learners to acquire the language necessary to think critically and communicate effectively.

Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Bestselling Author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Creepy Carrots!, Chicks and Salsa, Back of the Bus, and the Joey Fly, Private Eye graphic novel series. Aaron wasn’t always a writer. After graduating in Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University, he held many interesting and exciting jobs, including actor, businessman, waiter, dancer, carpenter, and chef. He has never been a carrot, a rooster or a superhero, but he has a passion for kids’ books and seeing kids reading them. He regularly makes time to visit schools where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound.

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson is a literacy consultant and author who earned her Ph.D. studying struggling readers. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery® teacher leader, and staff developer. Her most recent book The Next Step in Guided Reading provides teachers with practical suggestions and lesson plans for increasing the power and impact of guided reading. Participants leave her workshops with a new awareness of what can be done to motivate, engage, and accelerate every student—especially struggling readers. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Tony Stead

Tony Stead is an Australian educator who has taught in elementary schools and lectured at the University of Melbourne. He is the past president of the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Reading Association and the author of many publications. His latest publication, co-authored with Linda Hoyt, Is That a Fact?: Teaching Nonfiction Writing, and the video series Time for Nonfiction highlight recent work with several teachers at the Manhattan New School. Tony has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences. He currently works extensively in literacy education with school districts across the United States, Canada, and Australia. His greatest love is learning from children!

Reba M. Wadsworth

Reba Wadsworth, a former elementary classroom teacher, guidance counselor, and principal, now works as an independent consultant. She has conducted numerous literacy workshops at the local, state, national, and international level. Reba currently serves as a national consultant for Booksource, Inc. and Developmental Studies Center, conducting workshops across the United States. Her work is centered on the belief that children must read and write everyday in authentic ways that value the background knowledge that each child brings to school. She supports her practices with the use of outstanding picture books as described in the book she co-authored, Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum: How to Build Bridges in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

Maria Walther

Maria Walther tells her first-grade students that she went to school for a long time to learn as much as she could about teaching young children. Committed to staying in the classroom, she has earned three degrees, National Board Certification, and has served on numerous district committees to improve literacy instruction. She is also the author of several books on literacy instruction. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires other professionals by sharing her latest thinking related to reading and writing. Although Maria has received numerous awards, her greatest honor is that she has the enormous responsibility of giving her first graders the gift of literacy every day.

Becky Anderson Wilkins

Becky Anderson Wilkins is the co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops and Anderson’s Bookfair Company in Naperville, Downers Grove, and Aurora. She has been a children’s literature consultant and book buyer for over twenty-five years. Her family business was awarded the Illinois Family Business of the Year in 2002 by Loyola University and won the prestigious national award for Bookseller of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly. She is past president of the American Booksellers Association, the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) and the Great Lakes Booksellers Association. Her love of reading, her ability to place the right book in a child’s hand, and her service on the Illinois Reads committee are what IRC appreciates most! For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Welcome IRC’s newest Prairie State Award winner and Illinois Reads author Andrea Beaty. Andrea was born in southern Illinois and raised in the village of Ewing, which is the basis of her novel, Secrets of the Cicada Summer. The characters in her picture books and novels are smart, funny, and unapologetic in their passion. Like Andrea, they are doers. Curiosity, creativity, innovation and persistence are recurring themes in her work and her life. Andrea’s books have won numerous awards including the Friends of American Writing Award, Parents Choice Silver and Gold Medals and National Association of Parenting Publication Gold medals.

Susan Bennett-ARmistead Susan Bennett-Armistead is currently an associate professor of literacy education and the Correll Professor of Early Literacy at the University of Maine. Susan has worked as a preschool teacher, an administrator and the Program Supervisor for Michigan State University’s Child Development Laboratories. Her work in these various settings included a brief “but delightful” stint in the Alaskan bush. Susan speaks internationally on literacy development in young children as well as on the role families can play in that development. Susan is the author and co-author of several books for teachers and families as well as a collection of informational texts for emergent readers.

Kassia Omohundro Wedekind Kassia Omohundro Wedekind is currently a kindergarten teacher at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences, a public school in Falls Church, Virginia, where she previously taught second and third grades and served as a math coach. Her professional passion is building strong mathematical communities in which teachers guide students’ development as mathematicians through problem solving and an understanding of how children learn about math. Much of her work focuses on the connections of the workshop format of instruction in both literacy and mathematics, as well as the role of storytelling.

Jon waterhouse

IRC is proud to feature National Geographic Explorer and Society Fellow, Jon Waterhouse. He is also the Executive Director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. In the tenth grade, Jon dropped out of school. Not long after, he found himself facing either prison or the military. He chose the latter. “I needed to get as far away from the negative influences in my life as possible,” he says. For the next twenty years, Jon traveled all over the world with the U.S. Navy and backpacked through the Scottish moors, Asian jungles, the meadows of the Azores, and the Alaskan wilderness. Jon believes “education is important” and advocates, “Don’t accept the accepted path; have the courage to go out there. Get a passport, save a little money, get a subscription to National Geographic, buy a globe, and go to some place that grips you.” Join IRC in listening to Jon’s gripping stories–his work will definitely impact how you view the underprivileged and disadvantaged children in your school or community. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

All Conference Attendees, Presenters, and Illinois Legislators are invited to the

WELCOME RECEPTION Wednesday, March 12, 2014 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Old State Capitol Join IRC as we proudly introduce the book titles for the Second Annual Illinois Reads Program that promotes reading for all Illinois citizens. Special guests will join us at the reception.

IRC 2014 Anderson’s Bookshops

Book Gossip Wednesday, March 12, 2014 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. Abraham Lincoln Ballroom

What are the hottest new adult titles for your reading pleasure? Come to Book Gossip and hear about great reads for grownups! Books will be available for purchase.

Popcorn and soda will be provided.

Hear the Authors Read and Late-Night Autograph Session Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Hilton Grand Ballroom

Carmen Agra Deedy

Andrea Beaty

Nic Bishop

Candace Fleming

Dan Gutman

Kate Klise

Mary Pope Osborne

Aaron Reynolds

Thank you,

, for sponsoring this event!

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CONFERENCE OVERVIEW Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Registration - Convention Center Lobby Welcome Reception and Illinois Reads Program - Old State Capitol Book Gossip - A. Lincoln Ballroom

Thursday, March 13, 2014

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Registration - Convention Center Lobby 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thursday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Carmen Agra Deedy 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Orientation for New Participants - A. Lincoln Bond 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Hall of Councils - Convention Center, Lower Level 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibits - Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Thursday Luncheon - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Stephanie Harvey 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursday Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - Mary Pope Osborne 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops 1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Extravaganza - Convention Center 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. IRC Annual Membership Meeting - Hilton Rendezvous 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Jon Waterhouse 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Hear the Authors Read and Autographing - Hilton Grand Ballroom 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, March 14, 2014

7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration - Convention Center Lobby Friday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Dan Gutman 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hall of Councils - Convention Center, Lower Level 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibits - Convention Center 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday Luncheon - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Debbie Diller 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Friday Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - Eric Litwin 1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Beatnik Bar - Hilton Conference Center 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Refreshments in Exhibit Area - Convention Center 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Preservice Teachers’ Round Table - A. Lincoln Freeport 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Preservice Teachers’ Pizza Party - A. Lincoln Ballroom Friday Banquet - Hilton Grand Ballroom - James Patterson 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Heard It Through the Grapevine Book Chat - A. Lincoln Ballroom 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Breakfast - A. Lincoln Ballroom - Nancie Atwell 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 Registration - Convention Center Lobby 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 Sessions/Featured Speakers/Workshops 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 Saturday Author Luncheon - Hilton Grand Ballroom - Jon Scieszka 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Special appreciation is extended to the following professionals for their extensive contributions to the success of the 2014 Conference. PUBLISHERS & BUSINESSES

American Reading Company Richard Allington Anderson’s Bookshops Book Gossip, Hear the Authors Read, Illinois Reads, Becky Anderson Wilkins Capstone Classroom Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Grace Educational Resources Stephanie Harvey Illinois Education Association Conference Scholarships, Illinois Reads Illinois State Board of Education Maribeth Carlini Illinois State Library Bonnie Matheis International Reading Association Douglas Fisher Lake-Cook Distributors Student Helpers McGraw-Hill School Education Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Perfection Learning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area Old State Capitol Welcome Reception/Illinois Reads Program Scholastic, Inc. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Timothy Rasinski, Jan Richardson, Maria Walther Treasure Bay Books Books for Presenters Treetop Publishing “Bare Books” Books for Presenters Zaner-Bloser Presidents’ Breakfast


Cindy Gerwin, 2014 IRC Conference Chair Lou Ferroli, Assistant Chair & 2015 Chair Mary Jo Bangert, Audio Visual Karen Biggs-Tucker, Greeters/Hospitality Jennifer Carter, Greeters/Hospitality Barb Chrz-White, Registration Susan Cisna, Meal Tickets Mary Gardner, Special Events Gail Huizinga, Special Events Debbie Kaczmarski, Speaker Gift Bags Karen Kortkamp, Exhibits - Staff Kristin Kreckman, Registration - Staff Sheree Kutter, Signs Anne Midden, Audio Visual Roxanne Owens, Autographing

President - Tammy Potts President-Elect - Cindy Gerwin Vice President - Lou Ferroli Past President - Patricia Braun

Carol Owles, Preservice Pizza Party Susanne Picchi, Special Events Tammy Potts, Illinois Reads Karen Ringas, Merchandise Katherine Schumacher, Merchandise Sherry Sejnost, Technology Carrie Sheridan, Executive Director - Staff Amber Smith, Speaker Gift Bags Rebecca Steinbach, Speaker Gift Bags Kristen Stombres, Student Helpers Donna Stone, Signs Joy Towner, Student Helpers Brian Tucker, Greeters/Hospitality Diana Woods, Autographing Jennifer Young, Special Events


Treasurer - Linda Oshita Recording Secretary - April Flood IRA State Coordinator - Roberta Sejnost Director of Membership - Janell Hartman

For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Please take a moment to read the information below regarding the 2014 IRC Conference. • Meetings


Meetings will be held in the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Hilton Springfield Hotel. • Pre-Registration & Registration Pre-registered conferees may obtain their registration packets at the Registration Desk in the Prairie Capital Convention Center Lobby. On-site registration is also available. Hotel reservations and meal function tickets should be secured prior to arrival in Springfield. Meal functions usually sell out early. Registration Hours: Wednesday, March 12 – 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 14 – 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13 – 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15 – 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. • Admission to Meetings Paid conferees receive a badge with their registration packet. Badges are required at all times and for all conference functions. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-purchased tickets are required for all meal functions. • Special Accommodations Individuals who need special accommodations should make specific requests in writing to the IRC office three weeks prior to the conference in order for their needs to be met. • Food All scheduled meal functions require pre-purchased tickets. The concession area in the Convention Center will be open during exhibit hours. The Abraham Lincoln Hotel will offer a cash Continental Breakfast on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Springfield restaurant information will be available at the hospitality table in the Convention Center Lobby. • Hospitality & Information Table A hospitality and information table is located in the lobby of the Prairie Capital Convention Center. • Message Board There will be a message board for conferees to leave notes in the registration area at the Convention Center. A phone line (217-788-8836) has been established at the Registration Desk to receive emergency phone calls. • Lost and Found Inquire at the Registration Desk in the Convention Center regarding lost and found items. IRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. • IRC Conference is an Open Forum The IRC Conference serves as an open forum and exchange of ideas and opinions. Opinions that are expressed by program presenters and participants do not reflect endorsements by the Illinois Reading Council. • Shuttle Service IRC will provide free shuttle service between the hotels/motels on the IRC Housing Form and the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. The Shuttle Schedule will be printed in the program book. Please note that all hotels have shuttle service information. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street parking is FREE! • Preliminary Program Book In accordance with IRA guidelines, individuals have not been designated by titles. Acknowledgments to publishers and other companies for sponsoring speakers and special events are current as of this printing. Information in this preliminary program is subject to change. • No Smoking In consideration of others we request your cooperation in observing the NO SMOKING regulations inside buildings. • Cell Phones Please silence phones during sessions at the conference. • Videotaping/Audiotaping/Photos Unless notified in writing, registration to the conference constitutes an agreement that the registrant’s image, likeness, and appearance can be used in photographs of such events and activities It is also not permitted to videotape, audiotape, or take photos of conference speakers without the speakers consent. • Cancellation/Refund Policy Conference refund requests must be in writing and postmarked by March 1, 2014. Requests can also be faxed to (309) 454-3512 or emailed to A $25 processing fee will be assessed. Please note that membership fees are non-refundable. Conference registration is transferable and replacement of names must be requested by March 5, 2014. For more information, please visit the IRC Website at!

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Page 19 Read to Feed (PreK-12, ELL, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Beth Gunzel

Pre-Conference Sessions Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Implementing Book Clubs in Your Classroom (4-9) Presenters: Alaina Weatherford, Amanda Lamps, Pat Leal

6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Reception and Illinois Reads Program

Literacy Wellness Check-Up (All) Presenters: Tammy Gramlich, Cheryl Walker

8:30 – 10:00

Inspirational Literature; Cultivating Compassion in Adolescents (412, Lib) Presenter: Amy Orvis

Anderson’s Bookshops Book Gossip

Philosophy: Enhancing Speaking and Listening in Secondary Education (9-12) Presenters: Nathan Schroll, Elizabeth Fay Word Work and Listen to Reading Come ALIVE with Technology! (K-9, ELL, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Jessica Beckner

Conference Sessions Thursday, March 13, 2014

Poetry and Technology (K-9, Lib) Presenter: Barbara Ashton Essential Middle School Strategies for English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Content Areas (6-9, ELL) Presenters: Amanda Schacht, Gabriela Carbajal

7:00 – 8:30

Close Encounters of the Reading Kind! (K-6) Presenters: Rebecca Wiegel, Kelly Pinta, Lisa Riley, Jennifer Burton

Thursday Breakfast The Enduring Power of Children’s Books Featured Speaker: Carmen Agra Deedy

Push the Envelope and Build Cross-Curricular Literacy Bridges via Envelope Graphic Organizers (K-12, ELL, Spec, Univ, Lib) Presenter: Judith Youngers

7:00 – 7:45 Orientation to the IRC Conference (All) Presenters: Boomer Crotty, Kathleen Sweeney

Word Study Palooza (K-3) Presenter: Jacqueline Easley Taking the First or Next Step in Guided Reading: Teaching Text Structure (K-6, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Karen Ruffner

8:00 – 9:00 Using Magic Tree House books in the Classroom Speakers: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce

Instant Improvement in Writing (4-12) Presenter: Linda Mikottis


How RtI is Supposed to Work (All) Featured Speaker: Richard Allington

Home-School Communication: Partnering with Linguistically Diverse Families (K-9, ELL, Admin) Presenters: Jaime Vasquez, Melanie Walski, Arthi Rao Text Features and Technology (K-6) Presenter: Susan Massey

Close Reading of Complex Texts (All) Featured Speakers: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Co-Teaching in a Reading-Writing Workshop (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Pauline Zdonek, Valerie Yeager

Implementing and Using CCSS-Aligned Performance Tasks for Learning (K-12, ELL, Admin) Presenter: Sheleen DeLockery

Tucking the Arts around Your Literacy Program (K-3) Presenter: Susan Argyle

Differentiation: Using the M & M’s of Instruction (K-3, Spec) Presenters: Becky Carlson, Jeri Kitchin

Create A Class Book With Narratives And Informational Writing (K-6) Presenter: Sara Spruce

Using Wordless Pictures Books to Stimulate Writing (K-9, ELL) Presenters: Jeanne Okrasinski, Dana Stodden

Competency-Based Assessment: Successes and Gaps to Goals (9-12) Presenters: Jonah Bondurant, Monica Ybarra

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 20 Building a Bridge to Connect Teacher Research, Instructional Approaches, Common Core Literacy Goals, and Student Achievement (All) Presenter: Janalyn Meehan Rogus

Success with the COMMON CORE, Grammar Jingles, The Writing Traits, and Much MORE! (K-9, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Michael Schafstall, Becky Moran

Pinterest + Daily 5 = Engaged Students (K-3) Presenters: Jennifer Haberkorn, Melissa Boatman

Common Core Strategies for Informational Text (4-9) Presenter: Adrianne Roggenbuck

Health Education in the 21st Century: Promoting Literacy-Based Instruction through the Collaborative Health Classroom (4-12, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Terry McHugh, Sarah Gershon

Lincoln’s “Anna Plan” Journey (K-5, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Dawn Andermann, Brandi Casey

Study Skills Smackdown! (6-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin, Lib) (SRL) Presenter: Elizabeth Strejcek Sneaking Through the Brain’s Backdoor for Easy Access to the Hardest Reading & Writing Skills! (PreK-3, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ) Presenter: Katie Garner The Librarians’ Roundtable (K-12, Lib) Presenter: Leslie Forsman The Power of Writing During Close Reading of Informational Text (3-8) Featured Speaker: Sunday Cummins The Nonfiction Detective (4-8) Featured Speaker: Candace Fleming Close-Up Look at the Animal Series (All) Featured Speaker: Nic Bishop Primary Writing Across the Curriculum Presenters: Becky Furnish, Julie Klemm

9:15 – 10:15

Thinking, Intensive Learning, Grades K-2 (K-2) Featured Speaker: Stephanie Harvey Better Learning Through Structured Teaching (All) Featured Speakers: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey Assessment Insanity and What You Can Do About It (K-3, Spec, Admin) Presenters: Amy Huftalin, Lou Ferroli PreK-3! Let’s Choose & Use Nonfiction to Meet the CCSS for Informational Text (PreK-3) Presenter: Kathy Barclay A School’s Perspective in Improving Literacy in the Age of Common Core (All) Featured Speakers: Jerry O’Shea, Cynthia Church, Amy Pierce

ELL = English Language Learners

Focusing In On Boys Who Can Read But Don’t Want To (4-9, Lib) Presenter: Laura Feldt Navigating Nonfiction (K-6, ELL) Presenters: Rita Weber, Marisa Uribe, Janice Such Ready, Set, Move! Integrating common Core Standards with movement across the curriculum (PreK-3, ELL, Spec, Univ) Presenters: Victoria Romano, Kathleen Ridlon Evidence and the CCSS: Text-Based Questions and Analysis (K-12) Presenter: Sheila Oates Book Buddies (K-6) Presenters: Tanya Gambill, Linda Robinson, Wendy Peal Multiplying Vocabulary Using Manipulatives (K-9, ELL, Admin) Presenter: Gaye Heath Word Warm-Ups: Quick Exercises for Word Mastery (K-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane Writer’s Notebooks for Novices (K-12) Presenter: Joy Towner

New and Notable Books for Grades K-8 (K-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins

Admin = Administrators

Conquering the Common Core with Google and other Web 2.0 Tools (All) Presenters: David McCafferty, RJ Meyer

Creating New Elements with CCSS: Word Walls to Language Walls and Language and Literacy Centers (PreK-9, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Becky McTague, Margaret Policastro Writing Rocks! (PreK-3, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Angie Gulliford, Carrie Hernandez Literacy in the Math and Science Classroom at the High School Level (6-12) Presenters: Amy Stoops, Barb Mazzolini YOU Are Their GPS–Are you “recalculating” quickly when students take a wrong turn? What map do we use to take them home? (K-6, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Debbie Hardwick-Smith The ABC’s of P.E.: Integrating Language Arts into your Physical Education Program (K-3) Presenters: Len Wojciechowicz, Erik Sator Confronting Academic Discourse: Exploring Students’ Academic Identities Through Teacher Modeling (6-12, ELL) Presenter: Steven Kushner

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Shakespeare Rocks! (4-12) Presenter: Donna Stone Literacy Fun “Die” Mentals–Literacy Games for Grades 4-6 (K-3) Presenter: Carrie Brockway Fighting Adolescent Apathy With Authentic Engagement (6-9) Presenters: Jason Brogan, Mal Keenan

Writing and Publishing in the Digital World (4-9, ELL, Spec, Adults) Presenters: Jamie Diamond, Meg Gaier I Wish I’d Known Then What I Know Now (All) Presenters: Lindsay Bohm, Jamie Impson, Molly Lindsey Addressing Common Core Research Skills in Intermediate Classrooms (4-9, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Melinda Grimm, Laura Kieran

Building a Literacy Coaching Program for High Schools (9-12, Admin) Presenters: Kelli Mason, Denise Dahlin, Nicole Scolaro, Meghan Sisk

There’s an iPad in my classroom. Now what? (K-9) Presenter: Karen Thompson

All Questions are Not Created Equal: Using Text Dependent Questions to Unlock the Common Core (6-12, Admin) Presenters: Terry McHugh, Liana Bracker

Targeted Literacy Scaffolding to Accelerate Struggling Readers in the Social Sciences (6-12) Presenters: Rob Schmidt, William Helzer, Erin Atamian

Teaching the Common Core In An Uncommon Classroom: Reaching Diverse Adolescents (6-12) (SRL) Presenter: Cindi Koudelka

Close Reading in the Primary Grades (K-3, Univ) Presenters: Deborah Shefren, Debra Gurvitz, Sarah Weisberg

Living in “No-Library-Land”: Options for Rural Families, Students, and Teachers (All) Presenters: Pamela Nelson, Pamela Farris

Fluent-Yes! Comprehension-No! (K-9, Spec) Presenter: Kathleen Sweeney

A Path for Teaching Close Reading of Informational Text (2-8) Featured Speaker: Sunday Cummins

Creating the New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core (All) Presenters: Margaret Policastro, Becky McTague

Clapping for Story (2-5) Featured Speaker: Candace Fleming

From Assessment to Instruction: Building that Bridge! (K-6, ELL, Spec, Univ, Admin) Presenters: Cami Breitzman, Penny Dahmer

Bullying Hurts: Teaching Through Kindness (K-6) Featured Speaker: Reba M. Wadsworth Strategic Readers–Moving from Dependency to Independency (K-3, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Megan Tyler

5 Structural Alphabet Changes Bridge Literacy’s Gaps (PreK-6, Spec, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Mary Lou Sundberg Empowering Students with Power Strategies: Approaches for Content-Literacy Achievement (4-12) Presenter: Charlie Crouse Guys Read! (4-9, Lib) Presenter: Lynn Keck

10:30 – 11:30 Assess, Decide, & Guide: The Keys to Powerful Guided Reading (K-6) Featured Speakers: Jan Richardson, Maria Walther

Infusing Literacy Strategies into the High School P.E./Health/ Driver’s Ed Curriculum (9-12) Presenters: Kimberly Perisin, Steve Szymkowiak

Will Harder Reading Materials Raise Reading Achievement? (All) Featured Speaker: Richard Allington

Setting Sail: Using Read-Alouds to Anchor Literacy Across the Content Areas (K-6) Presenter: Sarah Ortloff

Pathways to the Common Core (All) Featured Speaker: Mary Ehrenworth

Just Pete–A Story About Bullying (4-12) Presenter: Malinda Bertels

Oh The Places You’ll Go: Building Bridges with Dr. Seuss (K-8) Featured Speaker: Roxanne Owens A New Innovation: Literature Circles = Inquiry Circles Featured Speaker: Roberta Sejnost A School’s Perspective on Improving Literacy in the Age of Common Core (All) Featured Speakers: Jerry O’Shea, Cynthia Church, Amy Pierce

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Critical Literacy in the Art Classroom through Visual Culture (All) Presenter: Samantha Goss Using Text Sets and a Children’s Literature Author Visit to Jumpstart the Young Authors Contest (All) Presenter: Darryn Diuguid Don’t Run from Running Records (K-3) Presenters: Jennifer Young, Alissa Tucker The Scoop on Soil (K-6, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Kevin Daugherty

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 22 Sleuth Reading: How to Read Like a Detective (Close Reading with Complex Text) (K-6) Presenter: Rhonda Crandall Creating Voracious Readers! (K-9, ELL, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Ryan Schaefer Eager vs. Reluctant Readers: Lessons from the Homeschool and Library Reading Group Fronts (6-12, Lib) Presenters: Barbara Binns, Liesl Shurtliff Tell Me Something Good! Community Building that Increases Achievement (6-12) (SRL) Presenter: Patricia Tylka Using Writing and Speaking to Close Read Complex Text (4-12, ELL, Spec, Adults) (SRL) Presenters: Jennifer Lippert, Stacie Noisey, Erin Metaxas The Power of Students’ Questions (K-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Denise Ahlquist Close Reading in an Integrated Unit Kacic

Featured Speaker: Ellen

The Unpredictable Path of Inspiration and Discovery–The story of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer Featured Speaker: Andrea Beaty

1:45 – 2:45 New and Notable Books for Grades K-3 (K-3) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins Summer Reading: Some Are Reading, Some Are Not (IRC Book Club Participants) Featured Speaker: Richard Allington Pathways to the Common Core (All) Featured Speaker: Mary Ehrenworth Using Technology to Incorporate the Common Core Standards (All) Featured Speakers: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost Writing and Telling Stories For Children (All) Featured Speaker: Carmen Agra Deedy Comprehension and Collaboration 2.0: Next steps in inquiry circles and amplifying student thinking (PreK-6) Featured Speakers: Kristin Ziemke, Katie Muhtaris Reading and Thinking Across Multiple Informational Texts (4-9) Featured Speaker: Sunday Cummins

Why Classroom Libraries Are Important (K-6) Featured Speaker: Reba M. Wadsworth

So many strategies, so many tools, so little time! Choosing and Using Metacognitive Strategies, iPads, and Multi-Genre Texts to Develop Reading Comprehension in intermediate-grade students (46) Presenters: Barbara Rieckhoff, Brenda Kraber, Megan Stanton, Peggy Rocket

Multicultural Literature Issues and Practices (6-9) Presenter: Patricia Braun

Robust Vocabulary Instruction Designed to Improve Student Achievement (K-6, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Andy Hollinger Digital Literacy and the Common Core: Catering to Curiosity (4-12, Admin) Presenter: Jimmy Juliano

11:45 – 1:30

Capturing Words for Struggling Readers: Student Choices for Student Voices (K-12, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Mary Hoch, Peter Fisher, Debra Gurvitz, Elizabeth Niemiec

Thursday Luncheon Why Curiosity, Thinking, and Collaboration Matter in the 21st Century Featured Speaker: Stephanie Harvey

Bridge Under Construction: How to Build a Bridge to Literacy in a Middle School Setting (4-9, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Jackie Brosam, Jeanette Brosam

Thursday Luncheon Getting Every American Child Reading Independently by the Third Grade: Mary Pope Osborne’s Literary Mission Featured Speaker: Mary Pope Osborne

Reaching the Reluctant Writer (K-12, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Linda Mikottis Comprehensive Literacy–Teaching Units of Study in Middle School correlated to the Common Core State Standards (4-9) Presenters: Kristina Utley, Demetra Disotuar, Lori Youngblood, Maia Randhava, Sarah Nichols Strengthening Literacy Partnership by Preparing, Educating, and Empowering the Parents of Low Income and At-Risk Students (All) Presenter: Cheryl Caesar

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Using Primary Sources to Support the ELA CCSS (4-12, Lib) Presenter: Byron Holdiman

Close-Up Look at the Animal Series (All) Featured Speaker: Nic Bishop

Utilizing Text Structures in Writing (K-12, ELL, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Kristina Smekens

Improving student comprehension of disciplinary specific texts (9-12) Presenters: Kate Schumacher, Stacie Rossiter

Building Bridges to Literacy through Reading and Writing Life Stories (K-9, ELL, Univ) Presenters: JoAnne Vazzano, Janet Pariza Building Bridges Between Special Education and the Common Core (K-9) Presenter: Kelly Schlueter Addressing the CCSS in the Math Classroom Utilizing Literacy Strategies (6-12) Presenters: Joann Purcell, Emily Halter Bridging Early Childhood Activity-Based Practices to Middle and High School? Yes! (4-12, Spec, Univ) Presenters: Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Kayla Napue, Melissa Rankin

3:00 – 4:00 Inspiring a Love of Reading in Students Featured Speakers: Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce Thinking, Intensive Learning, Grades 3-8 (3-8) Featured Speaker: Stephanie Harvey Pathways to the Common Core (All) Featured Speaker: Mary Ehrenworth

What Makes a Text Complex? New Views on Leveled Texts (K-9) Presenters: Sophie Degener, Jennifer Berne

Using Technology to Incorporate the Common Core Standards (All) Featured Speakers: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost

Literacy Workshop Across Content Areas Using Primary and Secondary Sources (4-12, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Mark Levine

Writing and Telling Stories For Children (All) Featured Speaker: Carmen Agra Deedy

Tricks of the Trade Revealed–So You Can Tell Stories (PreK-6, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Michael Lockett

Comprehension and Collaboration 2.0: Next steps in inquiry circles and amplifying student thinking (PreK-6) Featured Speakers: Kristin Ziemke, Katie Muhtaris

Support Key CCSS Shifts Through Shared Inquiry (K-12, ELL, Admin) Presenter: Denise Ahlquist

Developing Analytical Thinkers Using Close Reading Featured Speakers: Sheila Tucker, Joanne Komenda

Play on Words–Primary Literacy Games (K-3) Presenter: Carrie Brockway

Using Chris Soentpiet’s Books in the K-4 Classroom (K-4, ELL, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Marcia Thompson, Debbie Bernau

Writing ROCKS (K-6, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Keta Foltz, Janell Hartman, Amber Findlay, Christa Curley

Throwing the Basal Out With the Bath Water (K-6, Univ, Admin) Presenters: Amy Grippando, Beth Kunesh, Mary Jo Guzaldo

Engaging Students in Multimodal Memoirs (6-12, Univ) Presenters: Rebekah Buchanan, Jonathan Naskrent, Danielle Little

Creating Critical Thinkers in the Age of Google (K-9) Presenters: Karen Higginson, Kristin Jares, Amy Cengel

Building the Bridge for Struggling Students (4-9, Admin) Presenters: Mal Keenan, Anastasia Gruper, Amy MacCrindle

Teaching Academic Resiliency in an Immediate Gratification World (6-12) Presenters: Heidi Davey, Kelly Carroll, Jill Boomer, Nicole Brennan, Erin Atamian

What’s Up Doc? Students Prescribing Solutions to Improve Reading (4-12, ELL, Spec, Adults) Presenters: Jennifer Lippert, Erin Metaxas

Drawing Conclusions with Flying Colors (All) Presenters: Jeanne Anderson, Bonnie Greenwood

The Illinois Reading Council Journal: Who We Are, What We Do, and How You Can Help! (All) Presenters: Kathy Barclay, Jon Jones

Don’t Let Your Bridge Collapse (K-6, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Beth Vancil

Powerful Prompting During Guided Reading (All) Featured Speaker: Jan Richardson

Creating a Classroom Community That Supports Struggling Adolescent Readers (All) Presenters: Jenny Murphy, Brittany Donahoe

The Nonfiction Detective (4-8) Featured Speaker: Candace Fleming Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 24 Motivation–the Overlooked 6th Component of Reading (4-12, ELL, Adults, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Heather Lambert

What Do We Do When Young Writers Struggle (K-6) Featured Speaker: Reba M. Wadsworth

Parent Involvement at Home and School Ehrmantraut

Presenter: Brenda

Close-Up Look at the Animal Series (All) Featured Speaker: Nic Bishop

Re-Thinking Developing Reading (PreK-3, Spec) Presenter: Wallace Howard

The Unpredictable Path of Inspiration and Discovery–The story of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer Featured Speaker: Andrea Beaty

Reading & Writing Workshop in the Era of CCSS (K-12, Admin) Presenter: Jennifer Burton Empowering Students to Celebrate Their Growth (4-12) Presenters: Juanita Scott, Elise Rasso

4:00 – 5:00

Crack the Code of Reading with Synthetic Phonics (PreK-3, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Sue Brunson

Exhibit Hall Extravanga

Help! What’s That Word? CCSS Vocabulary (K-9) Presenters: Kathy Lickenbrock, Amy Shubert

College Instructors of Reading Professional (CIRP) Reception

Literacy and Autism: Practical Approaches for Classroom Teachers to Engage Students with Autism in Reading and Writing (Spec) Presenter: Debra Strobel

5:15 – 5:45

Teaching Science and English Language Arts Together–The True Way to Differentiate and Integrate the Curriculum! (All) Presenter: Tara Kristoff

Annual Membership Meeting (All IRC Members Are Invited)

Building Literacy with Participation Tales (PreK-6, ELL, Spec, Adults, Lib) Presenter: Michael Lockett

6:15 – 8:15

Ag Literacy Learning Centers (PreK-3, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Laura Vollmer

Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet The Healing Journey Featured Speaker: Jon Waterhouse

Fun with Foldables! (All) Presenter: Brenda Van Mol Visual Literacy: An Educational View (6-9) Presenter: Scott Dalzell

Andrea Beaty 2014 Prairie State Award Winner

Phonemic Awareness: The Skills Kids Need to Help Them Succeed for Pre-K-2nd Grade Teachers (PreK-3, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Alisa VanHekken

8:30 – 10:30

Increasing Digital Literacy in the Adolescent Classroom (6-12) Presenters: Amy MacCrindle, Laura Strebler Effective Independent Reading in Middle School (6-9) Presenter: Christy Rush-Levine Literacy Strategies that Work (6-12) Presenters: Jill Uhlman, Lisa Castleman

Hear the Authors Read and Autographing Carmen Agra Deedy Andrea Beaty Nic Bishop Candace Fleming

Dan Gutman Kate Klise Mary Pope Osborne Aaron Reynolds

Transforming Literacy Instruction for the Common Core (K-2) Featured Speaker: Maria Walther

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Conference Sessions Friday, March 14, 2014

Building Bridges to Advocacy (All) Presenters: Mike Ellerman, Helen Bryant, Kathy Merz

7:00 – 8:30

Strange-But-True Civil War Stories (4-12, Lib) Presenter: Michael Lockett

Hoofs, Horns, Claws, Paws, and Plain Old Feet: New Experiences in Reading! (K-6, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Danny Mielneczek

Friday Breakfast It Takes One To Know One Featured Speaker: Dan Gutman

Starving for Simple Solutions? (4-6) Presenters: Joni Kitchens, Gala Bohamon

8:00 – 9:00

Disciplinary Literacy–Meeting the Common Core State Standards in your Science and Social Studies Classrooms (6-9) Presenters: Vicki Lydon, Katie Foust, Taylor Fusinatto

Visit with an Environmental Steward and National Geographic Explorer (All) Featured Speaker: Jon Waterhouse

Making Literacy Fun through GAMES! (All) Presenters: Stephanie Benson, Jean Ann Carter

Effective Phonics and Vocabulary Instruction for Home and School (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski

Scaffolding for Mastery of the Common Core (6-12, Admin) Presenter: Debra Franciosi

Making the Most of Small Groups (K-6) Featured Speaker: Debbie Diller

Informational Text: The Heart of the Common Core (K-6) Presenter: Sarah Ortloff

What the Heck is the Illinois Center for the Book (K-12, Lib) Presenter: Bonnie Matheis

Nonfiction Nuggets (All) Presenters: Stacy Baker, Ann Kluesner

Choosing and Using Informational Text in the Preprimary Classroom (PreK-1) Featured Speaker: Susan Bennett-Armistead

One Author-One School: Promoting a Passion for Literacy Through a School-Wide, Cross-Curricular Program (K-12, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Heather Kraus, Noor Shammas, Lindsay Allen

The Wonderful World of Wikis, Blogs, and Podcasts (4-9, ELL, Spec, Adults, Admin) Presenters: Jamie Diamond, Meg Gaier

A Research Analysis of Diverse Cultures Represented in Children’s Literature (K-12, Univ) Presenter: Darryn Diuguid

Creating Creepy Carrots!: The Creation of a Best-Selling Picture Book (K-6) Featured Speaker: Aaron Reynolds

Illinois Authors + A basket of Books = Mentor Texts for the 6 Traits of Writing (K-9, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Joyce Jeewek

E-Readers, Tablets, and the Internet, Oh My! (K-6) Presenters: Nichole Woodruff, Amber Reedy

The Utility of Complex Text for Building Bridges to Literacy (4-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Brian Johnson

Engaging Students with Nonfiction (4-9) Presenters: Kirby Andler, Shane Jensen

Servin’ Up a Combo: Reading Strategies + Gestures = Success (K-6) Presenters: Julie Steinke, Jamie Matthews

Recommended Books for Struggling Readers Grades 5-12 (5-12) Presenters: Elizabeth Goldsmith-Conley, Pamela Godt, Boomer Crotty, Katie Ludes, Karen Walker

Teaching Beyond the Walls of your Classroom (All, Title I) Featured Speakers: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost

Creating a Culture of Reading (All) Presenters: Donna Kouri, Lynne White, Kelly Mulhern Common Core & Technology Fusion: 10 Ways Google Apps Helps to Improve the Writing Process (4-12, Admin) Presenter: Jimmy Juliano Teaching Character Education through Novels (4-12) Presenters: Lindsay Bohm, Jamie Impson, Molly Lindsey Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

The Black and Bluest Eye: Banning Books for the Common Core! (All, SRL) Presenter: Elizabeth Strejcek Teaching Writing Can Still Be FUN! (K-3) Presenters: Beth Taylor, Mary Gardner Evaluating Craft and Structure in Content Area Resources (All) Presenter: Anna Deese How I Teach Writing (All) Featured Speaker: Kate Klise

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 26 Bridging Nonfiction Text with Visual Images (4-12, ELL, Adults) Presenter: Nancy Steineke

Building Bridges to Content Area Literacy (6-12, Admin) Presenters: Mindi Rench, Pam Mendelson, Shannon Zajac, Sarah Avallone

Rebecca Caudill 2015 (4-9, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Marcia Brandt, Ruth Gheysen, Michelle Glatt

Teaching Text Structure Aligned to Common Core (4-9) Presenter: Adrianne Roggenbuck Reading for Meaning–Fluently (K-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Carol Ann Kane

9:15 – 10:15 New and Notable Books for Grades 4-8 (4-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins Interactive Literacy and Music and the Development of Reading and Writing Skills Featured Speaker: Eric Litwin Who is James Patterson? (All) Featured Speaker: James Patterson Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for the ELA Common Core Standards (All) Featured Speaker: Deborah Wright Helping Parents Help Us Promote Literacy (PreK-5) Featured Speaker: Susan Bennett-Armistead Creating Creepy Carrots!: The Creation of a Best-Selling Picture Book (K-6) Featured Speaker: Aaron Reynolds Deeper Learning Through Discussion for All Students in Grades 3-12 (3-12) Presenter: Tracy Tarasiuk Get Going with Graphic Novels: A Passport to Enhancing Literacy Experiences Through Graphic Novels (4-9) Presenter: Amber Reedy App it! Apps for Teachers of Reading and Writing (K-9, ELL, Spec, Univ) Presenters: Beth Herrig, Becky Graske, Melissa Harry, Moira Arzich, Kristine Weidel-Porter Build a Strong Classroom Community With Best Practice Literacy Instruction (6-9) Presenters: Jason Brogan, Scott Dalzell, Mal Keenan Helping Children Find the JOY in Reading and Books (K-6) Presenter: Bob Hauser

Whole School Approaches to Foster Literacy Development (PreK-9) Presenter: Jan Rashid Left to Right, Up and Down, Mixing Many Sounds Around! (All) Presenters: Jacqui Kolar, Amie Siman Using Picture Book Biographies to Teach Core Curriculum (K-9, Lib) Presenters: Patricia Hruby Powell, Alice B. McGinty What Is Your Reading State of Mind? (All) Presenters: Joyce Eddy, Donna Herman, Christy Ziller Tackling Text Complexity (K-12) Presenter: David Leshock Building Bridges to Content Area Comprehension (4-12) Presenters: Joy Towner, Kristen Stombres Picture Books as Bridges to Visual Literacy (K-9) Presenter: Jacqueline Easley Lead with Literature: Using Literature to Teach Common Core Standards in Reading, Writing and Language (4-9) Presenters: Jean Johnson, Nancy Cavanaugh Lights Out! Let’s Read! (All) Presenters: Julie Yepsen, Lee Anne Rioux, Cheryl Mitchell Empowering Little Writers (PreK-3, Title I) Presenters: Sarah Howe, Julie Miller Navigating the Danielson Model (PreK-12, ELL, Spec, Lib, Title I) Presenter: Ashley Glickman Entice the Learner: Strategies for All Content Disciplines (4-12, ELL, Spec, Admin, Title I) Featured Speaker: Roberta Sejnost

Common Core Writing the Uncommon Way (4-6) Presenters: Ben Zulauf, Katie Sullivan

Classroom Conversations: Supporting Academic Discussions that Develop and Extend Student Thinking (6-12, SRL) Presenter: Patricia Tylka

Reading, Writing and Mapping our Worlds into Being (K-9) Presenter: Vanda Underwood

Poetry, Common Core, and the Middle Grade Classroom (4-9) Presenter: Ruth Gheysen

Teaching Nonfiction Reading: Phenomenal Lessons Across Content Areas (4-9) Presenter: Nancy Akhavan

Closing the Gap in Kindergarten: Reducing the Need for Intervention (PreK-1) Featured Speaker: Jan Richardson

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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But Do They Understand? Teaching Reading Comprehension (K-6) Featured Speaker: Tony Stead

Motivating Reluctant Summer Readers (K-12) Presenter: Sheila Oates

What I Wish I’d Told That PTO Mom (All) Featured Speaker: Kate Klise

Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity in Literacy Learning (K-9, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Catherine Lannert, Anne Olsen

Battle of the Books! (4-9, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Stacy Lipshutz, Lindsay Zucker

10:30 – 11:30 New and Notable Books for Grades K-8 (K-8) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins Visit with an Environmental Steward and National Geographic Explorer (All) Featured Speaker: Jon Waterhouse The Making of “The Genius Files” (All) Featured Speaker: Dan Gutman Building Bridges: Excellent Literacy Instruction in Domain 3 (All) Presenters: Gail Huizinga, Deb Hays Getting Students Off to a Fast Start in Reading at Home and School (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski All Teachers Are Teachers of Literacy: What Does This Really Mean? (K-9) Presenter: Judy Fiene Math is Storytelling: Bringing Narrative, Play and Purpose to Problem Solving (K-3) Featured Speaker: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind Using Global Projects to Create Literary Experiences (K-6, Spec) Presenters: Jon Jones, Terry Smith Art Enrichment and Integration: Interpreting Local Monuments (All) Presenters: Krista August, Leslie Thornton Middle Level Literacy: Don’t Forget the Parents. Inviting Membership to Classroom Book Clubs (4-9, ELL) Presenter: Mary Kalsbeek

Build Academic Vocabulary Bridges Across the Curriculum, Via Brick Words, Mortar Words and Foldable Tools (All) Presenter: Judith Youngers Explicit and Engaging Comprehension Instructional Techniques (K-9, Admin) Presenter: Gaye Heath Building Bridges in Learning through Questioning (4-9) Presenter: Emily Mosciano Give Students the Power to Talk: CCSS Speaking and Listening in Your Classroom (6-12, Spec) Presenters: Elaine Simos, Kristen Larsen Nonfiction Unplugged: The Picture Book Edition (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Cathy Askeland, Phyllis Carstensen Consistent Instruction: Aligning Layers of Intervention Services (K-6, ELL) Presenters: Shannon Steen, Mary Petricca Strategies to Assist Struggling Readers in the Middle Level Content Areas (4-9) Presenter: April Flood Once Upon a Time with the Common Core Standards (K-3) Presenters: Elizabeth Niemiec, Susanne Stankoskey Using Middle Grade Books in the Classroom: A Bridge to Growth, Self-Awareness, and Maturity (K-12, ELL, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Nancy Stewart Using Reader Response Journals to Deepen Literacy Skills (K-12, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Melissa Pletkovich Literacy Strategies Across the Curriculum to Engage and Motivate Adolescent Learners (9-12) Presenter: Cynthia Holzmann Implementing Guided Reading from A-Z (K-9, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Marilyn Cordes, Tammy O’Toole

Bridging the Common Core with Picture Books (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Brenda Kraber, Kathleen Fleming

Rising Star Continuous Improvement Planning for Literacy Leaders (All) Presenter: Maribeth Carlini

Let’s Talk Literature: Book Talk Nook (K-9) Presenter: Bridgot Loesch

Engage the Learner and Extend the Learning: More Strategies for All Content Disciplines (4-12, ELL, Spec, Admin, Title I) Featured Speaker: Roberta Sejnost

Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Students with Not-So-Common Needs (Spec) Presenter: Melissa JonesBromenshenkel

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Small Group Structures for Guided Instruction Within a Reading Workshop Model (4-9) Presenters: Erin Metaxas, Jennifer Lippert

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 28 When Art is Text: Using Visual Arts to Build Bridges to Literacy (All) Presenter: Carol Hanzlik-Chasnoff Comprehension Instruction for Struggling Readers (4-12) Presenters: Lou Ferroli, Megan Austin, Kathryn Kotz, Annika Doering, Cindy Doering, Keith Doering, Mellissa Isham Meeting the Common Core Standards in Opinion and Argumentative Reading and Writing (K-6) Featured Speaker: Tony Stead The Promise of Poetry for Struggling Readers (K-3) Featured Speaker: Maria Walther The Monarch Award: Building Bridges Between the Classroom and the Library (K-3, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Judy Bauman

Increasing Students’ Motivation to Read and Write Using Technology (4-9, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Laura Kieran, Melinda Grimm Everyone has a story to tell: Digital Authors (K-9) Presenter: Karen Thompson Teaching Lifelong Success (4-12) Presenter: Dawn Andermann For Pete’s Sake–It’s All Good For Lifelong Readers and Writers! (PreK-3, ELL, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Marcia Thompson Common Core in the Classroom: It’s All Greek (4-6) Presenters: Robin Mick, Carol Potter, Laurissa Pesavento Document Your Year in a Digital Scrapbook (All) Presenters: Anita Lovell, Jeri Kitchin Creating Thinkers Like Jack Andraka–Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer (4-9, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin) Presenters: Sharon Hughes, Sandra Whiteis

11:45 – 1:30 Friday Luncheon Growing Independent Learners Featured Speaker: Debbie Diller

Crafting Effective Text-Dependent Questions for Discussion and Writing (4-12, ELL, Admin) Presenter: Denise Ahlquist Immersing Students in Complex Text (K-12, ELL, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Kristina Smekens

Friday Luncheon Interactive Literacy and Music Featured Speaker: Eric Litwin

Literacy, Language, and Learning: Supporting English Language Learners During Literacy Instruction (K-9, Admin) Presenter: Stacie Noisey Learn More About the New Illinois Reads Statewide Literacy Project Presenter: Tammy Springer

1:45 – 2:45 A Day in the Life of an Author Featured Speaker: Dan Gutman

Student Reading Committees Build a Reading Culture in Your School! (4-12, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Anieta Trame

Effective Phonics and Vocabulary Instruction for Home and School (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski

Teachers + Rebecca Caudill List = Reading Fun! (4-12, Spec, Univ) Presenters: Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Jennifer Stringfellow, Anthony Madonia, Geena Anselmo

Building a Bridge to Math Literacy Workshop Style (K-2) Featured Speaker: Tayce Santy

Sh...We’re Reading Silently: Transitioning from Oral to Silent Reading (K-6, ELL, Spec, Univ) Presenter: Jane Hunt

New and Notable Books for Young Adults (Young Adult) Featured Speaker: Becky Anderson Wilkins

A Multi-Tiered Vocabulary Intervention for English Learners (K-3, ELL) Presenter: Sabina Neugebauer

Improving Adolescent Literacy Achievement Through Independent Student Reading (4-8, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Karen Walker

Implementing an Interdisciplinary Holocaust Unit (4-12, Spec) Presenter: Nicole Moss

Creating Creepy Carrots!: The Creation of a Best-Selling Picture Book (K-6) Featured Speaker: Aaron Reynolds

Low Risk–High Impact Literacy Instruction with Latino Students (K-9, ELL) Presenter: Tammy Oberg De La Garza

Developing Student Talk in the Adolescent Classroom (6-12, ELL, Lib) Presenters: Amy MacCrindle, Brian Miller, Joyce Cannon

Cross Curricular Novel Extensions: Endless Possibilities! (4-9) Presenter: Jan Buley

Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Teaching Beyond the Walls of your Classroom (All, Title I) Featured Speakers: Sheila Ruh, Sherry Sejnost

Literacy Bonds: Connecting With Families One Class Book at a Time (PreK-3) Presenters: Suzanne St. John, Mary Janschek

Aligning Complex Social Studies Texts with the Common Core (9-12, Adults, Univ) Presenters: Ashley Glickman, Michael Kozoma

You Can’t Build 90% of a Bridge, Using Reading AND WRITING to Connect Literacy for Young Learners (K-3, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Ilyse Brainin

Helping to Build Bridges to Literacy (PreK-12, Spec) Presenters: Susanne Riddell, Ann Peters Learn How to Supercharge your Reading Workshop with Balanced Literacy and Brain Based Strategies! (9-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ) Presenter: Benita Bell CCSS Text Complexity and Content Reading Materials (4-12) Presenters: Jon Jones, Terry Smith The Unpredictable Path of Inspiration and Discovery–The Story of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer Featured Speaker: Andrea Beaty Bringing Nonfiction Writing and Inquiry to Life in Your Classroom (K-6) Featured Speaker: Tony Stead How I Teach Writing (All) Featured Speaker: Kate Klise Introducing the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award Nominees (9-12, Lib) Presenter: Leslie Forsman

Interactive Literacy and Music and the Development of Reading and Writing Skills Featured Speaker: Eric Litwin Why Reading Fluency Should be Hot! (All) Featured Speaker: Timothy Rasinski Spaces & Places: Using Every Inch of Your Room for Instruction (K-6) Featured Speaker: Debbie Diller Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for the ELA Common Core Standards (All) Featured Speaker: Deborah Wright Choosing and Using Informational Text in the Preprimary Classroom (PreK-1) Featured Speaker: Susan Bennett-Armistead Reading Makes News: Guidelines for Press Releases to Promote Your Event Presenter: Heather Harder Opening Space for Math Workshop: Establishing a Framework for Learning (K-5) Featured Speaker: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind Give Them Something to Talk About (K-3) Presenters: Megan Kramer, Kristen Marchiando, Amy Kempf ELL = English Language Learners

Building the Bridge Between Guided Reading and Common Core (K-6) Presenter: Kim Wagner Down on the Farm: A Summer Reading Unit for High Poverty, ESL Students (K-6, ELL, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Roxanne Forgrave, Kaitlin Carlson Six Steps to Scaffolded Independent Reading: A Differentiated and Leveled Approach (K-12, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Claudia Katz, Susan Bohman I’m a Techie, You’re a Techie, Wouldn’t You like to be a Techie too? (4-6) Presenters: Kellie Morrisey, Janet Wise, Christine Miller Videotherapy & Bibliotherapy: Connecting Film and Literature for Gifted Readers (All) Presenter: Michele Kane Building Bridges with Spanish Learners (K-3, ELL, Spec, Admin) Presenter: Janice Eilken

3:00 – 4:00

Admin = Administrators

International Teaching Assistants Perceived Role, Self-efficacy, General Demands, and Opportunity in Applying Literacy Instructional Strategies (ELL, Adults, Univ, Admin) Presenters: Shadrack Msengi, Israel Msengi

Cross-Curricular Inquiry: Science (Engagement with Simple Machines) and Literacy (Techniques with Children’s Books) (4-6) Presenters: Frances Steward, Abha Singh Getting Started with Critical Literacy (K-12, ELL, Univ, Admin, Lib) Presenter: Aimee Papola ACT II–Reading in the Adolescent Years (6-12) Presenter: Kari Pawl The Role of Disciplinary Literacy in Meeting the Demands of the Common Core State Standards (6-12, Univ) Presenters: Michael Manderino, Corrine Wickens Student Created Graphic Novels: Scaffolding Elementary-Aged, English Language Learners’ Writing (K-6, ELL) Presenter: Alexandra Bomphray Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic (K-6) Presenters: Marie Malone, Penny Forney Common Core Driven with Google Drive: Using Technology to Enhance the English Language Arts Curriculum (All) Presenter: Rebecca Ziegler

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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Page 30 Using Response Journals to Deepen Comprehension in the Content Areas (K-9) Presenter: Melissa Pletkovich

Conference Sessions Saturday, March 15, 2014

Using Twitter Professionally (All) Presenters: Bernice Homel, Tasha Squires

7:00 – 8:30

Posters, Props, and Picture Books (K-6) Presenters: Nancy Meisenger, Lori Williams, Chris Sears Making the Literacy/Math Connection Using Manipulatives (K-9) Presenter: Kevin Dykema

Saturday Breakfast The Thread I Follow Featured Speaker: Nancie Atwell

Sneaking Through the Brain’s Backdoor for Easy Access to the Hardest Reading & Writing Skills! (PreK-3, ELL, Spec, Adults, Univ) Presenter: Katie Garner

8:00 – 9:00

Coaching Toward the Common Core (K-6, Univ, Admin) Presenters: Laurie Elish-Piper, Susan L’Allier

One Book One Sullivan: A Community-Wide Reading Initiative (412, Spec, Lib) Presenters: Rikki Ray, Haley Seeley

Texting Is a Way to Respond to Literature! (4-12, ELL, Adults) Presenter: Nancy Steineke

Spark a New Interest in Reading: Creating Book Trailers at All Age Levels (K-12, ELL, Spec, Admin, Lib) Presenters: Ryan Eckart, Amy Yoos

A Conversation about Oral Reading: There’s More Than Words Correct Per Minute (All) Presenters: Lou Ferroli, Jerry Johns 2015 Bluestem Nominees (9-12, Lib) Presenter: Leslie Forsman Illinois Title I Association Annual Meeting (ITA Members) Presenter: Marilyn Cordes

3:00 – 4:30 Get Your Groove On at the Beatnik Bar

4:15 – 5:00

Inquiring Minds: Teaching Research K-5 (K-5, Lib) Presenter: Ivy Sitkoski Family Read Aloud Book Club (All) Presenter: Mary Ann Rupcich What Does Writing Instruction Look Like in the “Digital Age?” (K-6) Presenters: Mary Shorey, Natalie Daley Text Complexity in Literature (6-9) Presenter: Belinda Moore How to Implement an Effective (FLP) Family Literacy Program (PreK-6, ELL, Adults, Admin) Presenter: Brenda Mendoza

Preservice Teachers’ Round Table Session

Growing Stronger Readers, Writers and Mathematicians (K-6) Presenter: Maura Allison

5:00 – 7:00

Snapshots of Guided Inquiry in the K/1 Classroom (K-3, ELL) Presenters: Courtney Kilian, Maureen Leonard, Claire Prichard

Preservice Teachers’ Pizza Party

6:15 – 8:15 Friday Banquet The Power of Stories Featured Speaker: James Patterson

8:30 – 10:00 Heard It Through the Grapevine Book Chat Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

The Power of Plays–Teaching with Reader’s Theaters (K-9, ELL) Presenters: Stacie Garrett, Eileen Richardson

9:15 – 10:15 What’s So Funny? (K-8) Featured Speaker: Jon Scieszka Service Learning Project Connecting America to Zambia (All) Presenter: Christy Ziller

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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iPads in the Classroom–Benefits of Teacher and/or Student Use (4-9, Spec) Presenters: Stephanie Tedford, Lisa Breese

Reading Motivation Across Content Areas (6-9) Presenter: Sabina Neugebauer

Follow the Author Paved Road: Revising Writing using Mentor Texts (K-12, ELL, Spec, Lib) Presenter: Jennifer Laffin

I’ve Read the Book–Now What? Daily 5 From Scratch! (K-6, ELL, Admin) Presenter: Mary Romano

Freshen Up Your Centers (PreK-3) Presenters: Bailey Cavanah, Ashley Shinn

Fostering Growth in Elementary Gifted Readers (K-6, Spec) Presenters: Michele Kane, Nancy Stream

Building A Bridge: Connecting English and Social Studies Through Research, Dialogue, Deliberation, and Writing (4-6) Presenters: Rebecca D’Angelo, Nancy Galas, Mary Greska

Third Space Theory: Teacher, do you think I share a space with only my family? What about you and others? (ELL, Adults, Univ, Admin) Presenter: Shadrack Msengi

Reciprocal Teaching–Building Levels of Text Complexity (4-6, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Maria Perryman Family Reading Night at Your School! (All) Presenter: Katie Russell Guided Writing: Using Visualization to Make Characters Come Alive (K-6, ELL, Spec) Presenters: Denise Reid, Dawn Paulson Building Bridges Across the Border: My Year as an English Literacy Coach in Mexico (K-6, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Janice Eilken Math is Storytelling: Bringing Narrative, Play and Purpose to Problem Solving (K-3) Featured Speaker: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind

11:45 – 1:30 Saturday Luncheon Building Boys’ Literacy Featured Speaker: Jon Scieszka

Visit the Exhibits THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

10:30 – 11:30

Do You Know Your Preservice Teachers? (Univ) Presenters: Mary Hicks, Dorothy Giroux

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Complimentary Refreshments 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. near autographing area at back of the Exhibit Hall Exhibit Hall Extravaganza 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Using Printshop to Create Support Materials for Reading And Writing Workshop (All) Presenter: Rebecca Trieger

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Writing Workshop: Thirty-Five Years of Success for Student Writers’ (3-12) Featured Speaker: Nancie Atwell

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School (PreK-3) Presenters: Ashley Shinn, Jenny Bredemeier Using Twitter to Improve Instruction (K-6) Presenter: Michael Carton Power Up! Using Technology to Engage All Students in Common Core Reading/Writing (K-12, ELL, Spec) Presenter: Trude Buchanan The Wonder of Bringing Literature and Digital Technology Together (6-9, Lib) Presenter: Cynthia Garbutt Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Complimentary Refreshments 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. near autographing area at back of the Exhibit Hall

VISIT THE IRC TREASURE CHEST IN THE IRC MEMBERSHIP BOOTH The key you receive at registration may unlock the Treasure Chest for a free gift.

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CPDUs and COLLEGE CREDIT at the IRC Conference The Illinois Reading Council is an approved Illinois State Board of Education Continuing Professional Development Unit provider. While attending the March Conference, you may earn one CPDU per hour of attendance and participation. Sessions attended must be logged, and an ISBE evaluation form must be completed and deposited in the IRC evaluation box at the end of the conference. The Evaluation and Evidence of Completion Forms must also be completed for your records. Please review your personal Certification Renewal Plan to determine which sessions fit. Be sure that your goals are broad enough to include a variety of literacy topics. The Illinois Reading Council is merely the provider. The responsibility for determining which sessions agree with your plan and are granted credits by your school district is yours. One semester hour of university credit will be available for attending the conference. For more information, download the College Credit Registration form available on the IRC Website.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Admin = Administrators

ELL = English Language Learners

Lib = Librarians

Spec = Special Needs Students

Univ = Professors/Instructors

2014 Conference Shirt Order Form

Preorder your 2014 CONFERENCE SHIRTS by February 21, 2014. Only preorders will be available for pick-up at the IRC Conference near the Registration Area in the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Shirts will not be available for purchase at the conference.

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Conference Dates – Thursday, March 13; Friday, March 14; and Saturday, March 15, 2014 Over 1,200 rooms have been reserved for the 2014 IRC Conference. Because of the large number of rooms needed each year, IRC utilizes the assistance of the Housing Bureau at the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Special room rates have been negotiated at the hotels/motels listed below. To obtain these special rates, reservations must be made through the Online Housing Reservation System by February 19, 2014. Go to Select Conference on the menu, then click on Reserve Housing Online! ON-SITE HOTELS President Abraham Lincoln Hotel.........$109 701 East Adams St., Spfd., IL 62701

Located adjacent to the Convention Center

Hilton Springfield Hotel...................$121

700 East Adams St., Spfd., IL 62701 Across the street from the Convention Center

Meetings and meal functions are held at both the Abraham Lincoln and the Hilton Hotels. OTHER HOTELS

Candlewood Suites..................................$70

Hilton Garden Inn............................$114

Carpenter Street Hotel...........................$74

Microtel Inn & Suites.......................$88

Comfort Suites.........................................$99

Northfield Inn....................................$85

Drury Inn & Suites.................................$109

Ramada Springfield North..............$88

Hampton Inn East...................................$108

Residence Inn...................................$150 2915 Stanford Ave., Spfd. IL 62703

2501 Sunrise Drive, Spfd., IL 62703

525 North 6th Street, Spfd., IL 62702

2620 S. Dirksen Parkway, Spfd., IL 62703 3180 S. Dirksen Parkway, Spfd., IL 62703 3185 S. Dirksen Parkway, Spfd., IL 62703

3100 S. Dirksen Parkway, Spfd. IL 62703 2636 Sunrise Drive, Spfd. IL 62703

3280 Northfield Dr., Spfd., IL 62702 3281 Northfield Dr., Spfd., IL 62702

• Housing Reservations will only be processed online with a credit card until February 19, 2014. After February 19th, all rooms that have not been reserved will be released for general sale.

• Advance Deposit of one night’s room and tax will be charged to your credit card by some of the hotels. If you would like to pay by check, please forward your deposit check to your assigned hotel and your credit card will be credited. Do not send any checks to the Illinois Reading Council or the Springfield Housing Bureau.

• Confirmation will be emailed to you from the Housing Bureau upon completion of your housing reservation, as well as any changes or cancellations. Please keep this email for your records and watch for 2nd email from hotel after February 19th.

• Cancellations or changes to your arrival/departure must be made before February 19, 2014 to receive a full refund. The

advance deposit charge is non-refundable after February 19, 2014. Please note that some hotels charge for early departure and some require a two-night minimum stay. After February 19th, please make changes directly with the hotel.

• Double Rooms (2 beds) are at a premium. Please do not reserve a double room (2 beds) unless there are 2 or more attendees. • Free Shuttle Service will be provided by the IRC between all the hotels except the on-site hotels listed and the Prairie

Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. Shuttles run approximately every 45-60 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Night shuttles run every 90 minutes from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street metered parking is FREE!

2014 IRC Conference Registration Form

Return this form with payment to: Illinois Reading Council 203 Landmark Drive, Suite B Normal, IL 61761 Or fax to: (309) 454-3512 Or register online at

March 13-15, 2014 Springfield, Illinois

ONE NAME ON EACH FORM Please print or type. Form may be reproduced.

Name (Last)________________________________________ (First)____________________________________________________ School/Business_____________________________________ City_____________________________________________________ Home Address_______________________________________________________________ State____________ Zip____________ Telephone (

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Position/Grade Level? ________________

Presenting at Conference? ___Yes ___ No

Are you an IRA member? ___Yes ___ No

REGISTRATION (check one) includes sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On or Before February 1, 2014 After February 1, 2014 Registration for IRC Member: ____Current IRC Member (Membership Number: ________________________) . . . . . . . . $165 $190 ____Retiree (Member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 $50 ____Preservice Teacher with ID (Member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 $50 Combined Registration & Membership–Savings of $5 ____Select Council from Membership Form (Council Name: ____________________) . . . $205 $230 Registration for Non-Member ____Non-Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $240 $265 $75 ____Retiree (Non-Member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 ____Preservice Teacher with ID (Non-Member) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 $75 MEALS Meals are optional. Check choice of menu. Include payment with registration. ____Thursday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . Carmen Agra Deedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18 _____Scrambled Eggs & Sausage _____Vegetarian ____Thursday Luncheon (A. Lincoln) . . . Stephanie Harvey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22

_____Pan Seared Chicken Parmesan

_____Angel Hair Pasta Primavera

_____Caribbean Jerk Spiced Chicken Kabobs

_____Stuffed Pork Loin

_____Stuffed Portabella Mushroom

_____Cinnamon French Toast


_____Cheese Ravioli with Basil Cream Sauce (Sundried Tomatoes for Garnish)

_____Pesto Chicken Tortellini

$23 $27

____Thursday Luncheon (Hilton) . . . Mary Pope Osborne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22


____Thursday Prairie State Award Banquet (A. Lincoln) . . . Jon Waterhouse . . . . . . . . . $30


____Friday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . Dan Gutman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18


____Friday Luncheon (A. Lincoln) . . . Debbie Diller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22


____Friday Luncheon (Hilton) . . . Eric Litwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22


____Friday Banquet (Hilton) . . . James Patterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30



____Friday Night Pizza Party for Preservice Teachers Only! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FREE FREE

_____Grilled Sirloin Steak

_____Pesto Portobello Mushroom Tortellini


_____Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon

____Friday Night Event (Lincoln) . . . Heard It Through the Grapevine Book Chat . . . . . . $15 $20 ____Saturday Breakfast (A. Lincoln) . . . Nancie Atwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18 _____Eggs Benedict _____Three Cheese & Asparagus Omelet ____Saturday Author Luncheon (Hilton) . . . Jon Scieszka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25

_____Spicy Sweet BBQ Pork Chops

METHOD OF PAYMENT (Sorry, NO Purchase Orders accepted!)

Check (payable to IRC)







Credit Card Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) Signature ________________________________________ Expiration Date



Special Accommodations – Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC office at least three weeks prior to the conference. Cancellation/Refund Policy – Requests must be made in writing by March 1, 2014. Please see the complete policy under General Conference Information or at the IRC Website. Unless notified in writing, this registration constitutes an agreement that the registrant’s image, likeness, and appearance can be used in photographs of such events and activities.



I would like to volunteer to work at the IRC Conference.

Name________________________________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________




Home Phone __________________________ Work Phone __________________________________


Local Council_________________________________________________________________________


While at the 2014 IRC Conference, I can volunteer to help for: __________ 1 hour, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ 2 hours, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ 3 hours, schedule me as needed. (Circle one or all: Thursday, Friday, Saturday) __________ Thursday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Thursday afternoon block (1/2 day) __________ Friday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Friday afternoon block (1/2 day) __________ Saturday morning block (1/2 day) __________ Anytime, as needed.


I would prefer to help in one or more of the following areas: __________ Collect tickets at a meal function __________ Work at the registration booth __________ Help with book sales/autographing sessions __________ Help with the audio-visual equipment __________ Help with the special events and receptions __________ Help with the exhibits __________ Assist with Shuttle Busses __________ Assist with collecting evaluations __________ Assist with putting up or changing room signs __________ Serve as a host for featured speakers __________ Help with the IRC Membership Booth/Treasure Chest __________ No preference, I will help as assigned.

Your Help Is Needed - Please Volunteer!

Please send by March 1, 2014 to:

Illinois Reading Council 203 Landmark Drive, Suite B Normal, IL 61761-1836

Or, fill out the online form on the Conference Page at


203 Landmark Drive, Suite B, Normal, IL 61761 Phone: 888-454-1341 E-mail: Fax: 309-454-3512 Web: 1 Please print or type.

Individual Membership for One Year

Last Name _______________________________________

First Name _______________________________

Middle Initial ____________

Address _________________________________________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________ City __________________________________________ Home Phone (

State ____________

) ________________________________________

Zip _____________________

Bus. Phone (

County _________________

) ________________________________________

School Name ___________________________________ District ______________________________ City _________________________ or Business/Institution _____________________________________________________________________ City _________________________ Are you a Preservice Teacher? _____ yes _____ no


College/University ______________________________________________________

3 List the dues amount of each council you are joining.

List the council(s) you wish to join.

$45 - One year membership $25 - Preservice Teacher membership

When you join, you receive membership in the IRC, as well as membership in a local or special interest council. You must select at least one of the councils listed on the back.

1._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4._________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4



Discount for multiple memberships.

If you join more than one local or special interest council at this time, each additional council is $15. Preservice teachers pay $5 for each additional council.

Return this form with payment to:

Illinois Reading Council ATTN: Membership Dept. 203 Landmark Drive, Suite B Normal, IL 61761

Paying by credit card? Join Online or Fax: 309-454-3512

Total Before Discount ____________________ Discount ____________________ TOTAL AMOUNT DUE ____________________

Method of Payment: (Sorry, no P.O.’s accepted.)


Credit Card Signature _______________________________ Expiration Date:


In our continuing effort to provide meaningful services to our members, IRC requests the following information.

Are you a member of the International Reading Association (IRA)? a. ___ yes membership # _______________ expiration date ________________ b. ___ no Age

Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover)

(payable to IRC)

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

18-24 25-39 40-54 55 and over

Present Position

Classroom Teacher: a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___

preschool K-3 4-6 middle school/jr. high high school post Secondary

Years in Education Profession

Highest Degree Earned



a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___

0-4 5-14 15-29 30 and over

curriculum/reading supervisor building principal superintendent other_________________ _____________________

a. ___ Bachelors b. ___ Masters c. ___ Doctorate

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___ g. ___

librarian parent special ed. teacher gifted/talented teacher Title I /remedial reading specialist retired


Professional Areas of Interest (Check 3)

a. ___ b. ___ c. ___ d. ___ e. ___ f. ___ g. ___ h. ___ i. ___ j. ___ k. ___ l. ___ m. ___ n. ___ o. ___ p. ___ q ___ r. ___ s. ___ t. ___

administration adult literacy affective reading assessment children’s literature comprehension content area reading family literacy holistic reading multilingual/multicultural newspapers in education parents and reading reading for gifted students research study skills teacher education technology in reading Title I/remedial reading young adult literature young authors/writing

Illinois Reading Council Membership

Locations of IRC Local & Special Interest Council Regions by Counties

The annual membership of $45 includes membership in the Illinois Reading Council and a local or special interest council. The annual preservice teacher membership is $25 for one who has not been certified in the teaching profession and is working toward an initial teaching certificate. Please select the council(s) you wish to join from the list below. Residence in any of the designated council counties you join is not required. If you join more than one local or special interest council at this time, each additional council is $15. Preservice teachers pay $5 for each additional council. Follow the steps on the front of this form. REGION 1



(Boone, DeKalb, Winnebago, Eastern Lee & Ogle)

___ Northern Illinois Reading Council - ___ Black Hawk Reading Council -

(Rock Island, Mercer, Western Henry & Whiteside)

___ East Central-EIU Reading Council - (Moultrie, Shelby, Cumberland, Coles, Clark, Edgar, Douglas)

___ Northwestern Illinois Reading Council - (Jo Daviess, Stephenson,

___ Illinois Valley Reading Council - (Stark, Putnam, Marshall, Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Eastern Fulton, Mason)

___ Illini Reading Council - (Champaign,


___ Sauk Valley Reading Council -

(Eastern Whiteside & Henry, Western Lee, Ogle, & Bureau)

___ Starved Rock Reading Council -

(LaSalle, Grundy, Kendall, Livingston, Eastern Bureau)

___ Mississippi Valley Reading Council -

within the Chicago city limits)

___ Lake Area Reading Council - (Western Lake, McHenry, Northwestern Cook)

___ Suburban Council of IRA (SCIRA) - (Eastern Lake, Northern Cook)

___ Western Illinois Reading Council -

(Henderson, Warren, Knox, McDonough, Hancock, Schuyler, Western Fulton)


REGION 8 ___ Lewis and Clark Reading Council - (Macoupin, Jersey, Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Washington, Clinton)

___ National Road Reading Council -

(Bond, Effingham, Fayette)


___ South Suburban Reading Council - (Those parts of Cook Co. bounded on west by Will-Cook Rd., north by 115th St., and/or Chicago City limits)

___ Two Rivers Reading Council -

(Kankakee, Iroquois, Northern Ford)

___ Will County Reading Council -


REGION 3 ___ Fox Valley Reading Council - (Kane)

___ Vermilion Valley Reading Council - (Vermilion)

(Adams, Brown, Pike, Scott, Greene, Calhoun)

REGION 2 ___ Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA) - (Chicago Area - Cook County

Piatt, Southern Ford)

___ South Eastern Reading Council (Lawrence, Richland, Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Edwards, Wabash)

___ Southern Illinois Reading Council -

(Jefferson, Randolph, Perry, Franklin, Williamson, Saline, Gallatin, Union, Johnson, Pope, Alexander, Hardin, Pulaski, Massac, Jackson)



___ Prairie Area Reading Council -

___ Central Illinois Reading Council -

___ CIRP - (College Instructors of Reading

(Western DuPage County)

(Logan, Menard, Cass, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Montgomery)

___ West Suburban Reading Council -

___ Macon County Reading Council -

___ ICARE - (Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education)

(DuPage County and those parts of Cook County west of Rt. 43 excluding all areas within the Chicago city limits)


___ MID-State Reading Council - (McLean, DeWitt)


___ ILLC - (Illinois Language and Literacy Council )

___ ITA - (Illinois Title I Association) ___ SRL - (Secondary Reading League) 7-13

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Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit No. 800 Springfield,, IL

Toll Free Phone Number: 1-888-454-1341 Phone: 309-454-1341 Fax: 309-454-3512 Email: IRC Website: Ning:


The mission of the Illinois Reading Council is to provide support and leadership to educators as they promote and teach lifelong literacy.


The Illinois Reading Council advocates quality literacy opportunities for all learners and serves as a primary organization that provides educators at all levels access to research, materials, and methodologies to promote and teach lifelong literacy and learning. Support of an active, well-organized system of local and special interest councils and state committees provides a viable network for communication, exchange of information, and grass roots involvement of a diverse membership. The IRC’s publications, special projects, conferences, and workshops stimulate personal and professional growth of educators.

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